Writing the Short Story

As I continue with my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology,’ OR the ‘2020 Artists on Lock Down Collection,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist for drafting a short story, it seemsContinue reading “Writing the Short Story”

The Virus and Your Muse

Let’s face it. Being told what to do is NEVER a good thing. And for those of us who are creative and live by our own set of rules, it’s almost impossible. So, a lot of the writers I know are feeling stilted and not able to put down a single word on the blankContinue reading “The Virus and Your Muse”

Which genre suits your writing?

Here’s a question for all of you. Do you think about the genre of the story before you start writing? I do, IF, the story parameters call for a specific genre. You know, if I’m creating a story for a contest that specifies the genre, or maybe a writing challenge with a built-in requirement. ButContinue reading “Which genre suits your writing?”

My slightly twisted sense of humor

Why I find this meme hysterically funny In case you’re wondering about my recent blog posts, I’m working through a 20-day challenge to blog every day and identify the best style, subject, and frequency that I would like to continue in the upcoming months. And today, I’m explaining my sense of humor through a meme,Continue reading “My slightly twisted sense of humor”

A Life-changing Event and a Quote

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free so Drink. Drink and be filled up.” ~Stephen King~ During the summer of 1981, my life was full of turmoil. I considered leaving myContinue reading “A Life-changing Event and a Quote”

2020 First Quarter Goals – did you meet them?

Is anyone else blown away because the first quarter of the year is almost over? Turning the page of my calendar this morning hit me flat on the face and left a mark. When did this happen? And where did the time go? Where are you in the projects you outlined for the new year.Continue reading “2020 First Quarter Goals – did you meet them?”

What to do when you’re STUCK – Part One

My blog for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Starting today, I will be blogging about tips and techniques you can use when you get to a point where you and your writing are stuck. We all know the feeling. You’ve run out of ideas, words, and you’re ready to walk away from your project. Each TuesdayContinue reading “What to do when you’re STUCK – Part One”

5 Criteria For Creating Successful Story Goals

In last week’s blog entry, I discussed the importance of Great characters to carry the plot for your short story by creating story goals. So, it logically follows that this week, I would focus on a few ways you can use to create successful story goals and keep your readers glued to the page. 5Continue reading “5 Criteria For Creating Successful Story Goals”

Every Good Story has A GREAT Character

With the announcement about the upcoming Anthology of Short Stories for Indie Authors, I find myself thinking about what it takes to put together a story. In the case of the short story, the writer is forced to create a hero who is three-dimensional. The success of the story rests firmly on the shoulders ofContinue reading “Every Good Story has A GREAT Character”